Steven Jackson and Sharks and Sam Bradford

How’s that for a super original title!  It seems like every summer there is a story checking in on the St. Louis Rams best player, Steven Jackson.  This summer he went swimming with sharks and went to the World Cup in South Africa.  At least this year we did not have to hear about his colonoscopy!  Let’s go through a few highlights of the article by Michael Silver.

First, what has Steven been doing during his summer vacation?

After boarding a boat near the Capetown coast at dawn, Jackson and his fellow passengers were transported to the aptly named Seal Island, where breaching great whites hunt with abandon. As the boat neared its destination, Jackson recalled earlier this week, “a giant shark jumped out of the water right next to us with its jaws wide open, like a scene out of National Geographic. I was like, ‘Do I really want to do this?’”

Minutes later, Jackson and his friend were inside a cage with breathing hoses connected to oxygen tanks on the boat. The two of them were lowered 10 feet into the water and left there for 20 minutes.

“I was freaking out all the way down,” Jackson said. “I had a lot of trouble with the air at first; I was breathing really fast and [screwing] up the oxygen tank. Eventually, by getting control of my breathing, I calmed myself down, but it was still pretty insane. Like I told my mom when I got back, the scariest part isn’t when first see the shark or when he eats the bait right in front of you – it’s when he disappears into the murky water and you’re like, ‘Where the hell did he go?’”

Wow, I for one am glad I did not know that Steven Jackson, the star and best player by far of the St. Louis Rams was underwater in a cage waiting for sharks to attack the bait right in front of him.  Glad he made it back in one piece!

Football quotes from Jackson after the jump!

Jackson has yet to experience a winning season as a pro, and last fall he resisted the temptation to ask for a trade, expressing his faith in first-year coach Steve Spagnuolo’s leadership.

“I think our coach is a winner and has a great gameplan,” Jackson said. “I just hope he has time to put it in place.”

We have heard nothing but confidence in the St. Louis Rams and Coach Steve Spagnuolo from Steven Jackson.  Lots of NFL teams have to deal with a disgruntled star or several.  The Rams have about 99 problems, but a disgruntled star (thankfully) isn’t one.  We are very lucky to have Steven Jackson.

And if fear of losing his job compels Spagnuolo to start No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford ahead of Feeley at quarterback, either at the beginning of the season or shortly thereafter, Jackson won’t complain.

“It’s kind of hard,” he said. “I could see why they’d want to protect their $50 million investment and wait until the offensive line has jelled. But I’m going to be selfish right now, with me being in year seven. If he’s the best guy, he needs to play now.

The trend in the NFL is to play the rookie quarterbacks for their entire rookie season to let them learn on the field.  Sam Bradford is a slightly different player because of his surgically repaired shoulder.  The shoulder should not hamper him in 2010 and look for Sam to play more than 10 games.

“We have two young receivers that have really impressed me – they’re both rookie free agents.”

And what are their names?

“Ummm … believe it or not, I don’t know. I just know their numbers: No. 15 and No. 83.”

They are Dominique Curry from California (Pa.) and Brandon McRae from Mississippi State, and they’ll fit right in on a team of relative no-names.

The Rams have a very deep wide receiver corps but one with only one solid NFL starter in Donnie Avery.  The Rams wide receiver cuts should be very interesting because they have lots of options.  There is a great chance for any of the Rams wide receivers to prove themselves in camp and earn lots of playing time this season.


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One Response to “Steven Jackson and Sharks and Sam Bradford”

  1. great article…

    He got in a cage in shark infested waters… dang!

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